Thomas Larry Pyburn v. State

Court of Appeals
of the State of Georgia

                                                 April 22, 2021

The Court of Appeals hereby passes the following order:


      Thomas Pyburn was convicted of incest and sentenced to 20 years of
imprisonment. We affirmed his conviction on direct appeal. Pyburn v. State, 301 Ga.
App. 372 (687 SE2d 909) (2009). Pyburn has filed several appeals in this Court.1
Most recently, the trial court denied Pyburn’s motions for leave to file an out-of-time
appeal and for an evidentiary hearing on his out-of-time appeal. We lack jurisdiction.
      “An out-of-time appeal is a judicial creation that serves as the remedy for a
frustrated right of appeal.” Kilgore v. State, 

325 Ga. App. 874

, 875 (1) (756 SE2d 9)
(2014) (punctuation omitted). Because Pyburn already has had a direct appeal, he is
not entitled to an out-of-time appeal or an appeal of the denial of his motion for leave
to file an out-of-time appeal. See Richards v. State, 

275 Ga. 190

, 191 (563 SE2d 856)

         We transferred to the Supreme Court Case No. A15A2341 (appeal from the
trial court’s denial of his application for out-of-time review by the Sentence Review
Panel) (decided August 26, 2015) and Case No. A15A2342 (appeal from the denial
of his petition for mandamus) decided August 26, 2015). In a single order, the
Supreme Court dismissed Pyburn’s appeal from the denial of mandamus relief and
transferred Case No. A15A2341 back to this Court, which we dismissed on December
16, 2015. See Case Nos. S16A0187, S16A0188 (decided November 2, 2015). In
2016, we dismissed Pyburn’s appeal from the denial of his extraordinary motion for
new trial. See Case No. A16A1661 (dismissed June 9, 2016). In Case No. A18A2021
(dismissed July 19, 2018), we dismissed Pyburn’s appeal from the denial of his
mandamus petition seeking to challenge his incest conviction. Also in 2018, we
dismissed Pyburn’s application for discretionary review of a trial court order denying
his motion to set aside judgment. See Case No. A19D0064 (dismissed September 12,
(2002) (“[T]here is no right to directly appeal the denial of a motion for out-of-time
appeal filed by a criminal defendant whose conviction has been affirmed on direct
appeal.”); Jackson v. State, 

273 Ga. 320

, 320 (540 SE2d 612) (2001) (a defendant “is
not entitled to another bite at the apple by way of a second appeal”). Accordingly, this
appeal is hereby DISMISSED. See 

Richards, 275 Ga. at 191-192


                                        Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia
                                               Clerk’s Office, Atlanta,____________________
                                               I certify that the above is a true extract from
                                        the minutes of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
                                                Witness my signature and the seal of said court
                                        hereto affixed the day and year last above written.

                                                                                       , Clerk.

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